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Unique Modern Judaica  for Mom on Mother’s Day

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Unique Modern Judaica for Mom on Mother’s Day

2 Comments 30 April 2010

We’ve scoured the marketplace to bring you gifts for your  mom that will be treasured for years to come. Each gift is designed with skilled precison and talent by a Jewish artist.

Lets promote Jewish community  e-commerce. Shop and click just in time for mother’s day!

A simple yet beautiful candlestick holder, Loop, designed by London designers Martin Blum and Dan Black, is inspired by the Fibonacci curve that is seen throughout nature and looks correct and balanced to the human eye.  Made of polished stainless steel, Loop candlesticks will not tarnish. Comes in Gold.$115

.More candlestick styles available at The Jewish Museum Shops:


Dani Schwartz Laser Cut Stainless Steel Candlesticks:

We love these Shabbat candlesticks. Dani Schwartz is an Israeli architect who began creating modern Judaica out of laser cut stainless steel. The steel stands hold glass cups sized for tealights. The candlesticks are approximately 4″ high. Click views to see them in a table setting. Made in Israel.


Glass Leaves Challah Tray: 14″ at The Urban Mensch

Yair Emanuel at Eichler’s:

These colorful hand painted travel Shabbat candle holders are an essential gift for the mom who travels!



Gary Rosenthal:

Gary Rosenthal has been sculpting in welded metals for over 20 years. He is self-taught and his popular style is unique and reflects a rare sensitivity to both his materials and his subject.
Rosenthal sculpture has been commissioned by the International Special Olympics Committee for the 1978 World Games, the Miss Dance America Trophy and the annual membership awards for B’nai Brith International. Mr. Rosenthal’s art has also been used as presentations for individuals as varied as Presidents Carter and Clinton, John Travolta and musician Issac Stern.

This challah tray is a chic modern classic.


Emily Rosenfeld:

This Jewish charity box is made of linden wood and has a pewter detail on the top and front. The pomegranate symbolizes abundance and sustenance while the tree of life connects to all mankind. It is a contemporary interpretation of the tradition, with a slot on top for change and a hinged top for access. Perfect for your mom’s vanity or next to her Shabbat candleticks, as it is custom to give charity before a jewish woman lights candles on Friday night.


Amalya Nini Birchat Habayit- Blessing for the Home:

Home Blessing Birchat Habayit Harvest Round Papercuts Unframed Amalya Nini

Translation of the text is:

“May this home be a place of happiness and heath, of contentment, generousity and hope, a home of creativity and kindness. May those who visit and those who live here know only blessing and peace.”


Gad Almaliah:

Internationally known artist Gad Almaliah was born and raised in Jerusalem and attended the Bezalel Academy of Art. His designs are seen on coins, medals for the Israeli Government, postal service stamps, sculpture and KETUBOT. He created the emblem for the Six Day War. Kolbo is proud to feature the many works of Gad Almaliah. This unique Woman of Valor plaque will be treasured by the special mom in your life.


Mickie Caspi:

Beautifully illuminated roses add a classic elegance to the biblical quote ( Proverbs 31:10-31 ) that is traditionally sung by a husband to his wife on Friday night. The Woman of Valor is a wonderul gift from a husband to wife or from a woman’s children for Mother’s day.


9in x 13in


20in x 16in
Designs in raw silk are appliqued and attached with embroidery.
Made in Israel.


Rimon Glass Painted Candlesticks:

These pomegranate design candlesticks really make a statement and will add a flair to any Shabbat table.

Size: Approximately 3.5″

Material: Hand Painted Glass


By Israeli artist Enya Keshet.

Home blessing art in two layers cut and raised in Hebrew and English. Classic and Elegant:

Dimensions: Approximately 10″ x 10″


This beautifully crafted basket by Talila Abraham recreates a 16th-century Brussels bobbin lace pattern in contemporary, etched stainless steel  for a modern elegance that can only be found in peices made by true artisans.  Use it for challah or fill it with fruit for an attractive centerpiece on your table. At The Jewish Museum.:


Also comes as a gorgeous Matzoh tray by Talila Abraham at The Jewish Museum Gift Shop.:



Challah Board ,Knife and Salt Holder:



This cleverly designed Challah board has raised strips for the crumbs to fall through, and a Challah knife fitted to the frame:

Made in Israel.

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 14.5″

Material: Wood


Though this is not exactly Judaica, we couldnt resist this charming tote by Israeli artist Barbara Shaw, features the Hebrew wordIma in the center, surrounded by a heart. Ima is the Hebrew word for mom, making this a thoughtful gift for the mom in your life. The heart is filled with expressions in both Hebrew and English relating to moms, such as “Oh’ Mama”, “Mamale” (Hebrew for mommy), “Red Hot Mama”, “Mama Mia” and “A joyful mother of children”.  Made in Israel.
Shaw was born in Australia to Polish and Hungarian immigrants. In the 1980’s her family moved to Jerusalem. Shaw now pulls all of her inspiration from Jersulam and her Jewish heritage. The focus of her work is to mix tradition with ultra modern colors and shapes. At The Jewish Museum:


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Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

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Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

No Comments 26 April 2010

Check out the best kosher gift baskets on the web!

Godiva Kosher Gift Baskets:


Introducing Godiva Gems Gift Basket. Make every day a little more special with our new Godiva Gems, individually wrapped in smaller sizes, so you can enjoy eating them anywhere, anytime. Includes a 12 pc. Milk Chocolate Truffle Gems, 18 pc. Dark Chocolate Solid Gems, 12 pc. Milk Chocolate Caramel Gems, Milk Chocolate Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Almonds, Solid Milk Chocolate Bar, Solid Dark Chocolate Bar, and Solid White Chocolate Bar. Tied with sheer gold ribbon. (1 lb. 2.6 oz.)

Zabar’s Kosher Cheese Collection:


All foods in this collection are certified kosher. * Redwood Hill Farm’s Camellia from Sonoma, California. A soft-ripened, pasteurized, farmstead goat cheese. Soft, creamy and sweetly earthy. 5 oz.

* Tnuva Sheep Milk Feta-Style from Israel. Not too salty with a creamy, crumbly texture and sweet, grassy flavors; pasteurized. 7 oz.

* 5-Spoke Creamery Redmond Cheddar from New York State. Hand-made medium-sharp cheddar made from the raw milk of grass-fed cows; cave-aged for at least six months. 6 oz.

* Blue Star Farms Organic Stone Ground Wheat Crackers from Washington State.

* Somech Farms Fig Preserves from Israel. 11.5 oz.

* Handsome and helpful cheese knife and wooden cheese board.

Includes 1-day shipping. All cheeses in the Kosher Collection will arrive in their original packaging, thus assuring their kosher certification. Zabar’s may substitute cheeses of greater or equal value according to availability, but all are guaranteed to be certified kosher.

Zabar’s Kosher  Coffee and Babka Collection:


Zabar’s chocolate babka, Amaretti di Sorrono cookies (do you dip them in your coffee? We do!), Almondina biscuits, Zabar’s cinnamon rugelach, Erica’s Apricot Raspberry rugelach, Ghirardelli Dark/Raspberry chocolate bar, Walker’s shortbread Petit Coat Tails, a Zabar’s chocolate bar, and a Zabar’s mug to go with all the goodies! Part of Zabar’s Gift Boxes, Gift Baskets, and Gift Crates Collection. Price includes shipping. Additional $15.00 charge for 1-day Saturday delivery.

Max Brenner’s Chocolate:


kosher dairy under the supervision of the Bet-Shemesh Rabbinate.

BONBON  GIFT SET- an assortment of 9 bonbons carefully chosen by Max. 80g/2.8oz

Woman of Valor Basket:


Contains a beautiful ceramic Woman of Valor mug was designed by Jessica Sporn and inspired by a Biblical poem offering women gratitude, praise, and appreciation. This basket also includes gourmet tea and fresh rugelach !

Rugelach is certified Kosher Dairy, tea is kosher Pareve. 

A portion of all manufacturer’s sales from the Woman of Valor Collection will be donated toward the education and research of breast cancer causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.

My Fair Lady Kosher Chocolate Gift Box:


Two layers of delicous, assorted dark & white chocolate truffles in a polka dot spring hat box. Dainty and sweet, this large ‘Fair Lady’ hat is an elegant way to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’!
Approximate Dimensions: Hat 12″ Diameter, Chocolate Box 5″

Kosherline Gift Baskets:


Cookies, Fudge Balls and Brownies

Bella Delights exclusive Italian Cookies, Fudge Balls & Chocolate Treasure Brownies Gift Tower.

Includes 1.5 lbs. assorted tray of homemade Italian cookies (may include the following: spice drop, raspberry filled pinch, chocolate chip, apricot drop, chocolate sprinkles, vanilla fudge, raspberry filled chocolate cookies, chocolate stripe, assorted pariels, marble, chocolate jelly, Roman twist, sesame, coconut crescent, chocolate drop, brownie cookie, almond half moon, mini-biscotti), 1 lb. chocolate treasure brownies (dense, rich chocolate brownies with chocolate chips), .5 lbs. fudgie chocolate balls with chocolate sprinkles, .5 lbs. fudgie chocolate balls with rainbow sprinkles. Under OK strict kosher supervision. Parve. Pas Yisroel. Yoshon.

Starbucks Kosher Gift Basket:


  • Starbucks Biscotti Vanilla Almond (.92oz)  K Nonni’s Brand
  • Starbucks Ground Coffee Breakfast Blend (2.5oz)    OU-P
  • Starbucks Ground Coffee House Blend (2.5oz)  OU-P
  • Starbucks Selects Brown & Haley Cashew Roca (2pc)   Kehilla- dairy
  • Starbucks Selects White Chocolate & Raspberry Cookies (2pc)   OU-D
  • Tazo Calm – Herbal Tea (3bags)  KSA
  • Tazo Duet – Black & Green Teas (2 bags 1 Calm & 1 Zen)KSA
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    How To Relax While You Are Cooking

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    How To Relax While You Are Cooking

    No Comments 14 April 2010

    Shabbat Shalom
    Your Peace of the Week
    by: Marissa Anteby

    I can’t take all the credit for this week’s topic. The  inspiration for this article, came to me when I was reading the comments posted last week. In it, I described an at home Tension Releasing Massage you can do for yourself. Maggie, wrote in: “Sounds good, have to try this. Today the aroma of fresh baked challah is (finally) my relaxation.”

    She touched on something so vital; the act of cooking, lends itself perfectly to taking a moment to inhale slowly and access a place of calm within yourself. To expand upon that theme; really any activity can be utilized as an opportunity to be mindful. Focusing on the task at hand, while simultaneously recognizing what’s going on in your inner world, will cultivate a sense of ease. Checking in with your thoughts and your breathing, can help alleviate stress, both mental and physical. For more information about Mindfulness Training, you can check out a 7-day course I participated in at The Miraval Spa.

    Maggie’s comment got me thinking; I wonder what other things Jewish women do to make their cooking time enjoyable. So, I posed the question to my Indoor Cycling students, and here’s their list of suggestions:

    • “Make a shopping list, and go to the supermarket early in the day, so you’ll have all the ingredients you need.” – A. Dweck

    • De-clutter your work space before you start to cook. For tips on how to de-clutter click here: http://embodyinc.blogspot.com/2010/04/tips-for-de-cluttering-and-clearing.html

    • “Playing music helps me relax, and makes me happy to be in the kitchen, even if it is for hours! The music makes the time go by faster.” – Raquel Mishaan

    • “When I’m cooking, I like to clean up as I go along, so the pots don’t pile up. I can stay in the kitchen for as long as needed, because I’m working in a clear environment.” – Violet Cohen

    • “Don’t rush cooking your food, you’ll taste the love in it afterward.” – Rachelle Esses
    Wow, isn’t that beautiful. Rachelle told me her Mom says that. It’s such a lovely motto to live by. It’s good to remind yourself, that the energy you put in to making your family’s meals is transmitted and truly appreciated.

    When your hard work in the kitchen is complete (I know your thinking, “That’s never.”) Do something special for yourself. Sit down and read a book (now you’re really laughing.) Ok, I’ll re-phrase, sit down and read a sentence in a book, before you get interrupted, or go for a walk, meet with a friend, etc.

    Sarah Haddad Cheney says, “Women deserve time for themselves. Tell everyone to come to the Spa Day this Wednesday April 21, at the new SCC Spa. There will be all kinds of treatments; SkinDeep skin care products and consultations, chemical peels, hair styling by Momotaro NYC, Thai Yoga Massage, and more.” http://scclive.org/pages/detail/47/-Health-ClubSpa

    As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. I really enjoy reading them, and 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment. The prize is a FREE Thai Yoga Massage from www.embodyinc.com

    Shabbat Shalom,


    Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage.

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